First tropical storm of the season forms off South Carolina

Posted at 5:24 PM, May 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-19 18:41:43-04

TROPICAL UPDATE: The first Tropical Storm of the Atlantic Season has formed off the coast of South Carolina. Tropical Storm Alberto is about 140 miles ESE of Charleston, SC and moving SW at 3 mph.

Southwest motion is expected to continue through Sunday then a north to northeast turn on Monday. It is expected to continue on a northeast track through Tuesday and Wednesday. The latest forecast track has the “center line” just off the coast of Cape Hatteras on Tuesday afternoon.

Some additional strengthening is possible over the next day or so but Alberto is not expected to reach hurricane status.

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Tropical Storms Alberto is the earliest forming tropical storm in the Atlantic basin since Ana in 2003. This is also the first time that a tropical storm has formed before the official start of the hurricane season in both the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.

5:00 PM EDT Sat May 19
Location: 32.2°N 77.7°W
Max sustained: 45 mph
Moving: SW at 3 mph
Min pressure: 1007 mb